SEEING CINDERELLA: Calliope Meadow Anderson is terrified to start seventh grade. Not that the summer has been so great— her overachieving best friend, Ellen, is slipping away, her parents’ marriage is falling apart, and to top it all off, she has to get glasses the day before school starts. Life isn’t going too smoothly.
But things get unexpectedly weird when Callie meets her wacky optometrist and receives a pair of glasses so ugly they make braces and headgear look cute. But pretty soon, Callie makes a freaky discovery. Her glasses have magic powers: they can read people’s thoughts (and she’s pretty sure they repel boys, too).
Callie uses her new glasses to navigate middle school life and learns things she never knew about the people around her. That overachieving Ellen isn’t so super confident, after all. That neither of her parents are who she thought they were. That it’s a good idea to make sure your crush Knows Your Name before you spy on his thoughts. But when the glasses show Callie that Ana Garcia—a new student from Mexico and Callie’s Spanish tutor—has become a real-life Cinderella in her uncle’s house, she has to make a choice. Will she stay in the shadows and hide behind her magic glasses, or step out of the background and stand up for her friend?
PLASTIC POLLY: Can Plastic Polly prove she’s not fake? Polly Pierce likes being the second most popular girl at Winston Academy, right after her best friend, Kelsey. Being popular means special privileges, including a coveted spot on the planning committee for Groove-it-Up!, the annual talent show competition between Winston Academy and their rival school, American River Middle School.
Though things look rosy, life at the top isn’t as perfect as it appears to be. Polly misses her ex best friend Alyssa, her workaholic mom thinks Polly lacks motivation, and kids at school call her “Plastic Polly” behind her back—since all she ever does is agree with whatever Kelsey says.
But when Kelsey has a freak accident, Polly is suddenly thrown into the top spot as PlanMaster on the Groove-it-Up Committee. She isn’t prepared for her new status–and neither is anyone else. Backstabbing frenemies, diva-interference from Kelsey, and a crush who knows more about Polly than he lets on all threaten to derail Polly’s plans. In the midst of the chaos, Polly finds an unlikely ally as she finally has a chance to prove to everyone-and herself–that she’s more than just “Plastic Polly.” Read a positive review of Plastic Polly in Kirkus.
THE PRINCESS IN THE OPAL MASK: Jenny is excited to announce that she signed a two-book deal with Running Press for a YA fantasy series. The Princess in The Opal Mask, which is the first book in the series, will debut in the Fall of 2013. Be ready for more details and an amazing cover reveal soon. You can read a bit more about this project in a recent blog post, “My Secret Project isn’t so Secret Anymore“. Thank you everyone for your support!
Jenny is represented by Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Agency and her first book Seeing Cinderella was published by Aladdin M!X in the Spring of 2012. Her second book, Plastic Polly is being release on March 19, 2013. The first installment in her YA fantasy series, The Princess in The Opal Mask, will debut in the Fall of 2013.